THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE
With the departure of DeMar DeRozan, and the seeming rent-aplayer situation that is Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors could use some positive PR heading into the new season. And they got it in the most innocent of fashion when Raptors guard Fred VanVleet dropped in unannounced at a pickup basketball game near Bayview and York Mills last month. Instagram videos taken by some of the players on hand have been viewed thousands of times, and the incident provided just the right amount of community hype the team needed.
Doug Ford certainly seems to be displaying what some critics might call backwards thinking. Over the course of a few short days last month, a email surfaced with instruction that the words “climate change” were to be banned from use on social media,which was quickly denied. Then, he mused about setting up a so-called “snitch line” to target teachers who dared teach children an updated sexual education curriculum. What’s next? Turn back the clock and embrace McCarthyism? Start locking people up who speak out against $1 beer? Sad.
Move over Westworld, HBO’s futuristic hosts have nothing on the new doll brothel set to open in Toronto this month. Aura Dolls, located at 4623 Yonge St., will begin operation as of Sept. 8. The business is taking sex work to an entirely different level and, if the website is to believed, will feature a variety of lifelike and “thoroughly sanitized” female dolls made from TPE silicone.
Raptors guard and new PR guru Fred VanVleet